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        11-06-2013, 09:14 PM

    My cousin owns a 12 year old Morgan, an old type. A year ago she got a cut on her left foreleg, not very deep but it still need stiches. Now she has a scar now, much better looking then it was. My cousin just called me and said that she has gone lame on that same leg. Only there is not heat in the leg that she can tell. The vet can't make it out tonight but is coming tomorrow. Can the old cut have something to do with this lameness. Her lameness, according to my cousin, is that she is refusing to put weight on the leg. I told her to take her to an emergency clinic just in case it is something serious. Do any of you think that what is going on be traced back to the old injury?

    My cousin lives two states away so it'll be kind of hard for me to get pictures.
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        11-06-2013, 09:30 PM
    Nope. Totally coincidental that the horse is lame on the same leg. If she were going to have problems from the injury, it would have shown up long before now.
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        11-06-2013, 09:34 PM
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    My horse too has a bad scar across the front of a leg, he's had it since he was a foal and it doesn't cause issues. My vet says that usually the ones across the front aren't that bad, it's the one across the back of the leg that can really be an issue. If it were causing an issue, I doubt it would be sudden, it would be something that would come on over the course of a few days.

    Sudden onset where the horse doesn't want to put any weight on can be many things. A vet does need to come out. It could be as simple as a stone bruise to a tendon/ligament injury (however there would be heat and/or swelling if this were the case). If the horse was recently shod it could be a "hot nail" (a nail that goes into the sensitive tissue) or if no shoes a farrier could have trimmed to much.

    It's always best to have a vet rule it out as soon as possible however, I don't think a trip to the emergency vet is necessary unless the horse is cut and bleeding, or has a severe trauma. You say there is no heat so it is most likely a bruised sole, or other foot soreness. I think Standing in a quiet stall until a vet can come out to say for sure what it is would be the best way to go.
        11-07-2013, 04:44 PM
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    My guess would be an abscess in her hoof. Just leave the foot alone and if there is an abscess, it will break and drain -- most likely on the coronet band. The easiest ways to detect an abscess are:

    1) Take her temperature. Most times a hoof abscess will cause a very slight elevation in body temperature.

    2) Go out and feel her hoof very early in the morning before she moves around. The hoof with an abscess will feel warm to the touch very early in the morning when all four feet should be cold to the touch.

    If it is not a hoof abscess, it will require a good lameness Vet to find the problem, but probably 90% of severe lamenesses that do not have an obvious other source are hoof abscesses.
        11-07-2013, 11:46 PM
    My bet is on abscess too. My boy did the same thing went lame in one leg. After he broke he was fine. Unfortanly it didn't drain right and reabcessed. My vet had to come out today and drill a whole to drain it.
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